Young Jeezy isn’t a great rapper. But his distinctive voice and ad-libs (“yeahhhh!”), along with his commanding presence over songs, made Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 compelling. The Inspiration, an even darker work than the debut, finds the Snowman weaving paranoid street tales with eerie trunk-rattling beats. The album’s main downside is the repetitive nature of many of the tracks.
“I Luv It” is the designated club-banger, despite producer DJ Toomp rehashing T.I.’s “What You Know.” Apparently it’s all good though, because Jeezy, T.I. and Toomp work together on “I Got Money,” an ominous and epic way to brag about what you have. The song is indicative of the overall tone of The Inspiration.
The appropriately titled “Hypnotize” is the standout intro, in which Jeezy’s distorted voice chimes in with “I command you niggas to get money.” If only it was as easy as that. While songs like the pipe-organ fueled “Streets on Lock” and the Timbaland banger “3 A.M.” feature Jeezy at his most catchy, he stumbles on the sloppy “Dreamin’,” in which both the production and Keyshia Cole’s nails-on-chalkboard chorus fail. Equally annoying is “Keep It Gangsta,” a generic Southern anthem, driven by cheap synth horns, and featuring Jeezy’s homies, who are even less talented than him.
The high is “Bury Me A G,” a change of pace from the rest of the album. The smooth chipmunked-soul beat compliments Young Jeezy’s pseudo-introspection, in which he tells us he wants to be remembered for being true to himself. More songs like this would have greatly benefited the album. Otherwise, Jeezy fans will be pleased, but The Inspiration isn’t as enjoyable as Let’s Get It.